As we anxiously wait for free agency activity to resume and the 2011 NFL season to begin, let's have a little fun and rank the NFL's team logos from 32 to 1.
The NFL's organizations sport a wide variety of different ideas, shapes, sizes and colors that go into their logos, and because merchandise is a big part of their income, a lot of effort goes into marketing.
But what if we threw all the other stuff out the window and just ranked them according to their visual appeal?
Sure, that'll get some fans riled up. This is just one person's opinion and everyone else will have their preferences. But that's just the fun of it, so why not?
Logos will be ranked based on all around visual appeal, including color scheme.
Here we go.
I understand the history of this logo, but the Oakland Raiders need to update.
It's a guy in an old leather football helmet with an eye-patch, crossed swords, and the word "Raiders" all wrapped up into a nice badge-looking thing. Oh, and it's black and gray.
Not particularly appealing to me.
My cousin, on the other hand, thinks it looks like the guy was brutally murdered and says they should at least add some blood to make it realistic.
First of all, I'm not a big fan of the oval. Second, it's too busy with the NY in the back and the Jets over top of that and the football resting below the letters.
Lose the oval, the NY and the football, and they might have something. It needs to have something to do with an actual jet.
Okay, so it might seem like I'm biased against the state of New York, or at least their teams.
On the contrary, being a Nebraska fan, I've actually begun to embrace the Giants after they drafted Cornhusker Prince Amukamara.
But I'm just not feelin' the NY. It's not busy like the Jets', but it's not exactly visually appealing either.
The Giants may have a rich history, but many of their good years came with a different logo anyway.
What is this? Why do all the good teams have such boring logos?
I guess because they hold so much tradition, fans don't want to change them.
The Washington Redskins' logo is debatable.
Sure, the man looks scary and the feathers on the side of the circle are pretty cool.
But I feel like it's a little too busy, and much like the Steelers' and Jets' logos, I'm not a fan of that circle. The brownish-red and yellow color scheme just isn't easy on the eyes, either.
The Miami Dolphins logo isn't all that bad, but honestly, it could be a lot better. I could see some finding it really cool, and others finding it really corny.
A dolphin with a helmet on and a sun-looking thing in the background doesn't scream "tough," and the colors are sort of strange together.
But hey, it's a dolphin. Uniqueness saves it just a little bit.
I could get some jeers for this one, but I just don't see a whole lot to like about New England's logo.
The color scheme is halfway decent and the shape is pretty cool, but the face is not my favorite and it's frankly hard to tell what's going on with the guy's head.
Is it a flag, a hat, or what?
This logo would normally be higher, but the color scheme drops it down.
The Jaguar looks fierce and intimidating, but I'm just not a fan of the teal and tan mixture.
My cousin says it looks like it has a disease in its mouth.
I realize putting the Green Bay Packers this high goes against everything I've stood for thus far, and I'm prepared to get ripped about it.
But there's something about Green Bay's logo that makes it uniquely awesome for being a simple "G."
I personally like the green and yellow together, and the cool shape of the G is such that it makes the oval that I normally despise seem okay.
Don't ask me why, I just like it.
The Buffalo Bills may have a pretty sub-par team, but there's not much to hate about their logo.
Even though it's not their actual mascot, a buffalo makes for a pretty cool logo, and the streak down the middle gives it some flavor. The colors are generic, but not ugly by any means.
My cousin says it looks like there's a laser death ray coming out of its eye.
There are parts of this logo I don't care for, but overall it's very cool.
I don't particularly love the light blue, dark blue and red all together and the circle rears its ugly head yet again, but the 3D-looking "T" is awesome and the fire off the end makes the circle relevant.
The Houston Texans logo is a bull, and while that may not have anything to do with their nickname, the built-in Texas flag makes up for it.
The eye is strategically replaced with a star, and the logo as a whole is not too busy or too simple.
The Texans may be the youngest franchise in the business, but they apparently know their way around marketing.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo is outstanding.
The torn-up flag hooked onto a pirate sword is a unique idea that works well, and the skull and cross-swords look fearsome. The colors work, too.
The only thing I would change about it is the football. Leave it off, we know you're a football team.
Besides, my cousin says it looks like the skull is eating a coconut.
Om nom nom nom.
An eagle might be an oft-used mascot, but it's a great one at that, and Philadelphia has mastered their Eagles logo.
Teal and white works well together, and the eagle head looks explosive and intimidating.
I like what the Eagles' winged helmets even better, but the bald eagle head is still sweet.
The Carolina Panthers may have been the worst team in the league last season, but their logo is one of the league's best.
I could see some people disliking the color scheme, but I personally love the light blue and black mixture.
The panther itself looks intimidating and is not too busy or too simple. Awesome logo.
The Denver Broncos top my list because their logo has it all.
The orange and navy looks fantastic together, and the logo itself looks modern, explosive, and fiercely intimidating.
Too bad the team doesn't follow suit, but maybe they'll be getting back to relevance soon.
Either way, this logo is a whole lot of amazing.